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Time to recognize the state champions on city limit signs

Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

Perhaps something is already being planned, but it’s time to put in an order for two state champion signs for the city limits of Vandalia.
This past weekend, the Van-Far cheerleaders brought home the school district’s first ever female state championship after their dominant performance in the Class 1 Large category at the University of Missouri.
In fact, the squad won by 22 points over the second place squad. In cheerleading, that’s a convincing victory in the annual state competition.
Five months earlier, the boys track and field program brought home the district’s first state title in that sport after cruising to a state title.
Ironically enough, that squad also won their state title by exactly 22 team points.
While a sign was never added to the city limits for the boys basketball state champion team from more than 10 years ago, there’s no need to wait on these two recent state champions.
For this district to be faced with enrollment challenges and the struggles it has had winning in some sports over the past 10 years, it has really turned things around with the current group of athletes in recent sports seasons.
To win two state titles in the same calendar year is very special and may never happen again at Van-Far.
I hope area residents truly appreciate just how special this current run of success is and they don’t take it for granted.
This is why I call on all parties involved to get the signs up on the city limits as soon as they can.
Drivers going down a busy Highway 54 should know that when they enter the city limits of Vandalia, that they are entering a city with championship caliber athletes who have represented this community on the biggest stage and came back to town as the best in their sport.
Farber is also a part of this district.
Perhaps some recognition should also be on display in their city limits as well.
Sure, this type of honor might cost money and may require some work to making it become a reality.
It doesn’t matter…these kids deserve the recognition.
Again, congratulations go to the Van-Far cheerleaders and their coaches. Your hard work and dedication has paid off. Take a bow!